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More than 100 marine scientists call for protecting the deep sea from trawling. Will you join us?

Conservation, deep sea, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 28, 2013

The least-impacted places in the ocean are mainly in the deep sea, but as fishing technology has improved, even seamounts, sponge gardens and deep-sea coral beds are no longer out of reach of our appetites for seafood. Bottom trawling, which involves dragging a heavy weighted net along the seabed, is so destructive to benthic habitats that it […]

PolitiFact calls claims of menhaden declines “Mostly False”, is completely wrong

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 17, 2012

Despite their small size and plain appearance, menhaden have been called “the most important fish in the sea” because numerous coastal fish species rely on them for food. Although they aren’t typically eaten by humans, there is still a huge fishery for them for bait, aquaculture food, and oil. That fishery has been essentially unregulated, […]

Breaking news: CITES protections for hammerheads, manta rays, and oceanic whitetips proposed

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 5, 2012

A newly-released list of proposed amendments  for the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties includes proposals to protect ten species of sharks and rays, a record-breaking number. These include three species of hammerheads, oceanic whitetip sharks, porbeagle sharks, three species of freshwater stingray, and both species of manta ray. In total, 37 countries are involved in […]

What the $&!* happened? A summary of the “contradictory, confusing, and inconsistent” EU finning ban votes

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 24, 2012

Last Wednesday morning, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted on proposed amendments that would, if passed, form their response to the European Commission’s 2011 proposal to end all removal of shark fins at sea (and thereby close loopholes in the EU finning ban).  As the EU is the single largest supplier of shark fins to […]

5 things you need to know about the proposed European Union shark finning ban, including how you can help

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 17, 2012

All eyes in the shark world are focused on Belgium, where the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee votes Wednesday on one of the most significant conservation policies in years: a stronger EU-wide ban on shark finning via a prohibition on removing sharks at sea, with no more  exceptions. Since some of the details are quite technical, emotions […]

Potential in Small-Scale Kombu Fishing in Samani Town, Hokkaido, Japan

fisheries, fisheries, marine science, policy, Social Science, SustainabilityJuly 9, 2012

As part of the GCOE-INeT Summer School at Hokkaido University this year I have had the opportunity to use Samani Town as a case study of “the sustainability of coupled human and natural systems”. The small coastal town of roughly 5,500 people is dependent on farming, fishing, forestry, mining, and increasingly tourism. Samani town is […]

What shark finning means (and doesn’t mean): a primer and quiz

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJune 18, 2012

Shark finning, one of the most wasteful, unsustainable, and inhumane methods of gathering food in the history of human civilization, has rightly become a hot topic in the marine conservation movement. However, there is a great deal of confusion among activists concerning this problem and the best way to solve it. Those of you who […]

Mermaids do not exist, and five other important things people should, but do not, know about the ocean

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, SustainabilityJune 5, 2012

Last week, Animal Planet aired a fictional mockumentary about mermaids. From an educational perspective, it was a disaster that was rightfully described as “the rotting carcass of science television” by Brian Switek. As Dr. M on Deep Sea News pointed out, one of the troubling results of this TV special was the discovery that some […]

Shark fin bans: A storify of this week’s twitter discussion

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 8, 2012

Earlier this week, I asked my twitter followers what they thought about shark fin bans, which prompted a long and stimulating discussion. What follows is my first attempt at “Storify”, shared in the hopes that the discussion can continue here. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big supporter of shark fin bans because they […]

Swordfish, certifications, and sustainable seafood

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 1, 2012

Jordan Nikoloyuk is the Sustainable Fisheries Coordinator of the Ecology Action Centre, a membership-based community environmental organization based in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Marine Issues Committee of the EAC was founded in 1995 after the collapse of the Atlantic Canadian groundfish stocks and works towards conserving and protecting marine ecosystems and maintaining sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal […]

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